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Unclaimed lottery ticket to expire Sept. 1

ROCKY HILL — Officials are warning that an unclaimed lottery ticket will expire in less than a month if the holder doesn’t redeem it.

CT Lottery officials said the ticket, which is worth $100,000, was for the March 5, 2018 Cash5 game. The numbers on the ticket are 4-7-13-21-34.  It was purchased at Corner Stop, located on 82 Hemingway Avenue in East Haven.

Elderly men at South Carolina Costco get into physical fight over free samples

According to police, a 70-year-old man claimed the incident began while he was standing in line for a free piece of cheese at a Costco in Greenville. As he was waiting, another older man, 72, “cut in line, took some cheese and walked off,” according to an incident report obtained by The State newspaper.

But it didn’t end there.

‘Worst passenger ever’ jailed after punching flight attendant in groin

The 51-year-old had knocked back half a bottle of wine on the way to the airport then sank two vodkas in the bar before boarding her 3:50 p.m. flight on June 27 last year.

After ordering a gin and tonic on the plane, Butcher then punched a male flight attendant in the genitals leaving him in “intense pain”.

51-year-old Helen Butcher has been jailed for 21 weeks

51-year-old Helen Butcher has been jailed for 21 weeks for the June 2017 incident. (MEN Media)

She then flew into a rage after cabin crew were told not to serve her any more booze and repeatedly told staff on the four-hour flight to “F— off”.

Colorado cop who killed veteran defending grandson from naked intruder was involved in another deadly shooting

The cop, who has not been identified amid threats against him, had returned to duty July 15 after being placed on paid administrative leave following an incident at the Biltmore Motel, FOX31 reported.

On June 27, the cop and two other officers responded to a report of shots fired at the motel. They confronted the suspect, Joey Bronson, and told him to drop his weapon. Bronson fled the scene and the cop then fired his gun during the foot chase, the police report stated. The suspect was hit by a bullet, taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

The officer returned to work 18 days later, and then, on Monday, shot and killed Richard “Gary” Black, who was protecting his 11-year-old grandson from a home intruder in Aurora,

Ohio police chief fatally overdosed on drugs taken from evidence room, investigators say

Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr. was found unresponsive in his home May 25 and pronounced dead shortly after, the Newark Advocate reported. An autopsy revealed he died from “acute intoxication by fentanyl.”

Reynoldsburg Police Department Lt. Ron Wright, whose department is still investigating, told the newspaper that packaging was discovered “that indicated that he was taking controlled substances from” the evidence room.

According to the coroner’s office, a plastic sandwich bag found where Hughes died tested positive for cocaine. A syringe was also determined to be positive for fentanyl, the Newark Advocate reported.

Teens killed mom because ‘they couldn’t take her complaining’: cops

An investigation was launched after a man from Idaho called the Nye County Sheriff’s Office to request a welfare check at Liebig’s home, claiming he didn’t trust the children living at the residence.

A detective later responded and found Liebig’s cellphone but didn’t locate her, leading him to open a missing person report, according to an arrest report obtained by the station.

Dakota Saldivar and Michael Wilson, both 17, were arrested early Wednesday after their mother, Dawn Liebig, 46, was reported missing from her Pahrump home on Monday. They now face charges of open murder, conspiracy to commit murder and domestic battery with a deadly weapon in the stabbing and bludgeoning attack, KVVU reports.

Homeless encampment shooting in Los Angeles captured on surveillance video

In the video, the driver of a Honda Accord gets out of the vehicle and runs to the sidewalk where three men are gathered near tents. The man then gets a handgun from his shorts and fires “multiple rounds” at one of the three men, according to the LAPD.

A passenger in the Honda can be seen getting out of the car and walking toward tents before pointing the gun towards a man.

The gunman and passenger then run back into the car and drive away, according to police. The victim was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.

Minnesota man arrested after pushing boy, 8, off 31-foot water slide, police say

Police said that 18-year-old Roman Adams admitted to police in an interview to pushing the boy, saying the he was upset the line was taking too long, according to Francis. Investigators learned that Adams has cognitive disabilities and that a personal care assistant was with him at the water park, but it was unclear if the aide was with him in line, WCCO reported.

The 8-year-old boy was thrown off a water slide platform on Tuesday,

The 8-year-old boy was thrown off a water slide platform on Tuesday, police said. (FOX9)

The 8-year-old boy sustained multiple broken bones, and is in stable condition at a hospital after undergoing surgery. Adams is facing possible charges for third degree assault, according to FOX9.


Illinois lawmaker accused of posting nude photos of ex-girlfriend to ‘catfish’ men has resigned

State Rep. Nick Sauer, who was running for his first re-election this year, said he was stepping down from office “as a result of the allegations” by his “former girlfriend,” calling them a “distraction,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

“After speaking with my family, I feel it best to step away from my public responsibilities,” he said in his resignation letter.

Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer, a Republican, is accused of posting nude photos of his ex-girlfriend

Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer, a Republican, is accused of posting nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on an Instagram account he used to “catfish” other men. He has since resigned from office. (

Sauer, 35, allegedly used nude photos of his ex-girlfriend to “catfish” other men on a fake Instagram account, according to a complaint Kate Kelly filed with the state’s Office of the Legislative Inspector General that was obtained by Politico.

Cortez Shares Stage With Terrorist Supporter

The new Democratic-Socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on a panel this past Sunday with Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, or Sharia Sarsour,Opera

It took place at the 16th annual Universal Muslim Association of America meeting.

Tech Watch:

Senate warns tech companies on foreign interference: ‘Time is running out’

“Time is running out.”

That was the message from Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) on Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The subject of the hearing, which came 96 days before the midterm elections: Foreign Influence Operations and their use of Social Media Platforms.

Facebook page’s removal angers Washington protest organizers

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Facebook stunned and angered organizers of a protest against white supremacists when it disabled their Washington event’s page this week, saying it and others had been created by “bad actors” misusing the social media platform.

The company said the page — one of 32 pages or accounts it removed Tuesday from Facebook and Instagram — violated its ban on “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and may be linked to an account created by Russia’s Internet Research Agency, a so-called troll farm that has sown discord in the U.S.

But the organizers of next weekend’s protest in Washington say Facebook has unfairly and recklessly tarnished their work by suggesting their event could be linked to a Russian campaign to interfere in U.S. politics.

Q&A: How Facebook regulates the wild west of political ads

NEW YORK (AP) — With less than three months to go before the midterm elections, Facebook is enforcing strict new requirements on digital political ads. Among other things, they force political ad buyers to verify their identities by receiving mail at a known U.S. address.

Facebook credits the system with catching at least one ad from a fake, and possibly Russia-connected, Facebook page that it discovered trying to sow political discord ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.

But how does the system enforce these rules? How does it even define a political ad, particularly when a computer is making that judgment? And did any ads evade Facebook’s detection before it discovered a new set of fake and possibly Russia-linked pages this week?


Gun Controllers Turn To Virtual Book Burning In Anti-Gun Crusade

Gun control activists aren’t just targeting the Second Amendment anymore. They now have their sights set on the First Amendment as well, arguing that the mere knowledge of how guns work should also be banned by the federal government.

In an MSNBC segment on Wednesday, retired astronaut Mark Kelly called for criminalizing 3-D printed gun designs to discourage people from disseminating the computerized code.